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Posted Friday, March 9, 2012 8:59 AM
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I'm thinking of testing the job market, for various reasons.

I've had difficulty describing "what I do" to recruiters. I explain that I develop databases and C# .NET applications. Their question is always: "So, are you a DBA or a .NET programmer?" I don't have an acceptable answer to that.

As a database developer, I don't manage the care and feeding of production servers. I design the database table structure, write stored procedures and views, create appropriate indexes, optimize queries, implement user and role security, and set up Service Broker solutions.

I also write the client, preferably in C# .NET, though I've also done C++, VB, and PowerBuilder. Most of my clients are servers--multi-threaded apps that run as a service and have no UI. Some have interfaces to serial ports, TCP/IP, or third-party manufacturing systems. Recently, I've done quite a bit of ASP.NET.

Given the above description, I have to answer the question as ".NET programmer." But I can't imagine having a job in which I'm not allowed to design (or re-design, as is usually the case) the database.

As you can see, I have trouble describing "what I do" in a succinct fashion. Although I usually speak to recruiters on the phone, I can "hear" their eyes glaze over when I attempt to explain.

I would appreciate any help in shortening and simplifying the explanation.
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